Pope condemns Lahore suicide bombing

Mar 28, 2016
Pope Francis (C) prepares to deliver the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing for Rome and the world from the central loggia of St Peters' basilica following the Easter Sunday mass on March 27, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. -AFP
Pope Francis (C) prepares to deliver the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing for Rome and the world from the central loggia of St Peters' basilica following the Easter Sunday mass on March 27, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. -AFP
[caption id="attachment_743961" align="alignnone" width="680"]Pope Francis (C) prepares to deliver the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing for Rome and the world from the central loggia of St Peters' basilica following the Easter Sunday mass on March 27, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. -AFP Pope Francis (C) prepares to deliver the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing for Rome and the world from the central loggia of St Peters' basilica following the Easter Sunday mass on March 27, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. -AFP[/caption] VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday appealed to Pakistani authorities to step up security for religious minorities after the "abhorrent" suicide bombing which killed scores in Lahore. "Yesterday in Pakistan, Holy Easter was bloodied by an abhorrent attack," the pontiff told a crowd gathered in St Peter's Square in his Angelus blessing on Easter Monday. "Once again, violence and heinous murder lead only to suffering and destruction." "I appeal to the civil authorities and to all the social constituents of this nation to do everything in their power to restore safety and serenity to the population, particularly the most vulnerable religious minorities", he said. More than 70 people were killed on Sunday in the suicide bombing near a children's play area in a park in Lahore, where many had gathered to celebrate Easter. The Vatican condemned the attack as "fanatical violence against Christian minorities". –AFP

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